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Fire Safety Tips

Smoke Detectors

  • All rental properties shall be equipped with a smoke detector in every room used for sleeping (OCO Section PM-308.1).
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area.
  • Test detectors every month, following the manufacturer's directions, and replace batteries once a year, or whenever a detector "chirps" to signal low battery power.
  • Never "borrow" a smoke detector's battery for another use—a disabled detector can't save your life.
  • Replace detectors that are more than 10 years old.

Smoking and Safety

  • Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in North America.
  • Smoking in bed or when you are drowsy could be deadly.
  • Provide smokers with large, deep non-tip ashtrays and soak butts with water before discarding them.
  • Before going to bed or leaving home after someone has been smoking, check under and around cushions and upholstered furniture for smoldering cigarettes.

Cooking Safety

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and wear clothes with short, rolled-up or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
  • Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can't bump them.
  • If grease catches fire in a pan, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the heat. Leave the lid on until cool.
  • NEVER throw water on steaming or burning grease.

Cool a Burn

  • Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Never put butter or any grease on a burn.
  • Never use ice.
  • If the burned skin blisters or is charred, see a doctor immediately.

Space Heaters

  • Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least 3 feet (1 meter) from anything that can burn.
  • Keep children and pets away from heaters, and never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed.

Use Electricity Safely

  • Do not overload extension cords or run them under rugs.
  • If an electrical appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately, then have it serviced before using it again.
  • Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed.
  • Don't tamper with your fuse box or use improper-size fuses.

When Not to Fight a Fire

  • The fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started.
  • You can't fight the fire with your back to an escape exit.
  • The fire can block your only escape.
  • You don't have adequate fire-fighting equipment.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

All rental units shall be supplied with a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen. (OCO Section PM-705.4.1)

1. Pull the pin.
2. Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames.
3. Squeeze the trigger while holding the extinguisher upright.
4. Sweep the extinguisher from side to side to cover the area of the fire.

West Chester
  • Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA


    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info:

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info:

  • Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info:

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info:

  • Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: